No infrastructural development planned for PE airport

OCTOBER 6, 2014

No infrastructural development is planned for the Port Elizabeth Airport and other regional airports over the next decade from 2015 to 2025.

That effectively rules out any possibility of the runway being extended at the airport to allow direct international flights.

Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) Annual Report for 2013/14 tabled in Parliament, states that the six regional airports that include Port Elizabeth and East London “operate mainly as feeder airports for the three international air-ports in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

“No infrastructural development is planned for the regional airports during the next 10 years (2015-2015).”

Acsa states that it plans capital expenditure of R55 billion over the next 10 years of which R46 billion is for new infrastructure.

The report shows that the company netted R23 908.00 from retail operations at the Port Elizabeth Airport in the last financial year, and increase of 11% on the 21 632.00 for 2012/13.

In the last financial year Acsa received R6 464.00 in revenue from advertising at the airport, 5% less than the previous financial year and R15 702.00 from property which was a decrease of 3% on 2012/13.

Aeronautical revenue in 2013/14 from the PE Airport was R102.964.00 an increase of 1% on the previous financial year.

The Annual Report shows that the number of passengers arriving at and de-parting from the airport on both scheduled and non-scheduled flights in 2013/14 was 1 251 178, a decrease of 4.6% on the previous financial year.

The Report states that there were 58 bird and wildlife strikes at the airport in 2013/14.

This was the second highest after OR Tambo International (144) and close to double of 30 recorded in the previous financial year. - metrominutes